Technical Tests

Easy-access, task-based testing of current skills and knowledge

Technical Tests: the new way to test current skills

Technical Tests from the ECITB are the easiest way to ensure that the critical skills of craftspeople and technicians match the demands of today's engineering construction industry. Technical Tests are a proven concept for engineering construction. These tests examine the ability of individual employees or prospective recruits to perform specific skill-based tasks, in an economic and efficient way commonly tackled in an engineering construction workplace.

Each Technical Test examines a very specific aspect of a discipline. There are some 140 skill-based tasks across 15 disciplines. This number will grow in line with industry demand.

Technical Tests are fully aligned with National Occupational Standards, combining the rigid testing of critical skills and knowledge, with a major emphasis on health and safety.

For companies and contractors looking for a quick, easy and reliable way to analyse and/or prove the capabilities of their workforce or prospective recruits, Technical Tests are the answer.

For Training Providers and Test Centres, they offer a great opportunity to deliver an exciting proven product that the industry really needs.

What's different about Technical Tests?

A Technical Test provides a quick but current skill snapshot. It's been called “an 'MOT' on an individual's current ability.” It might be carried out for various reasons, including a contractual requirement or in relation to a specific industry need (such as Mechanical Joint Integrity - Offshore). Technical Tests focus on related aspects of craft and technical disciplines in two distinct parts: first testing an individual's current knowledge, and second their current ability to perform a specific industry task. Because each test typically can take just one or two hours to complete, the same individual can be tested in several distinct skills in a day, with the individual ready to work onsite immediately in all areas tested.

What happens in a Technical Test?

The first part of a Technical Test examines the individual's specific job knowledge (like the theory part of a driving test). Only then can the practical, skill-based part of the test go ahead, focussing not just on the technical skill, but also on the ability to apply that skill safely and efficiently to complete a task in working environment. Each test breaks tasks down into identifiable parts, all examined and assessed to a high standard.

Do Technical Tests work?

Developed in close collaboration with the industry, and piloted in live cases over an extended period, companies can be confident that Technical Test outcomes are reliable and that its value has already been well proven in areas including Mechanical Joint Integrity, Small Bore Tubing, Appointed Person Moving Loads and Moving Loads.

Who gets tested?

Technical Tests are for competent craftspeople and technicians who require immediate proof of highly job-specific skills, knowledge and ability in defined task activities. They will undoubtedly have existing qualifications, although those qualifications might not be recent, nor focus on specific tasks or activities.

Is a Technical Test a Vocational Qualification?

No. A Technical Test should not be confused with a Vocational Qualification (VQ). The Technical Test is much more specific and immediate, testing current ability to do a specific task. This task might itself form a part of a discipline for which a VQ could be awarded, but completing a Technical Test leads to an ECITB Certificate of Achievement, not to a VQ. In future a Technical Test could contribute as evidence towards a VQ, or form part of the VQ process.

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Technical Tests available from ECITB (delivered at licensed test centres)

Appointed Persons - Moving Loads  
Electrical Installation  
Electrical Maintenance  
Instrument & Control  
Mechanical Fitting   
Mechanical Joint Integrity  
Mechanical Maintenance  
Moving Loads   
Non Destructive Testing   
On-Site Machining
Small Bore Tubing
Steel Erecting
Supporting Engineering Construction Activities
Welding Preparation - Plate
Welding Preparation - Pipe


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